As soon as 1st of May hits the calendar, im consumed by dread of getting my body and skin summer ready. Every inch of skin that might be exposed to public scrutiny must be buffed, polished, toned and moisturised religiously, in the hope that maybe this will be the year i will win the war against cellulite and ill be happily prancing around in a bikini.
High hopes require effective products so these are five of my tried and tested favorites and rituals:
1. Moisturising Shower Cream// Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil*.
I was sent this luxurious shower oil almost two weeks ago and im already addicted! Heavenly scented and with a beautiful (and unexpected) golden shimmer, this shower oil will cleanse and soften the skin, preparing it for treatments to come. I find that moisturising shower creams or oils are brilliant in keeping the body moisturised – i also love the original Dove Shower Cream and the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.
2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate// Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliant.
Exfoliation is the secret to a buffed, toned and young skin, so your body should benefit of this now more than ever. Getting rid of dry patches and dead cells will ensure an even and radiant skin tone. I alternate between the Clinique Sparkle Skin Gel and Cream. I find them to be some of the best i’ve ever tried – slightly minty, these scrubs will take a layer of your skin (of course im exaggerating!) leaving behind the softest ever skin. I pop some on the shower puff (it foams) and make sure im dedicating extra time on my knees, elbows, thighs and tummy. Smooth central.
3 & 4. Hydrate and Tone Up// Clarins Tonic Oil and L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate.
I’ve recently discovered the Clarins Tonic Body Oil after a couple of my friends gushed about it several times. Very helpful trough out pregnancy or just if you want to give your skin a boost – just a couple of drops on slightly wet skin will tone and moisturise whilst the massage movements will help drain excess fluid. Especially refreshing in the AM.
The L’Occitane Almond Milk is a firm favorite and a guilt free pleasure, the scent is just delicious and the texture is so light and aery that it melts on the skin in seconds. I hate that sticky, heavy feeling so something light is perfect for a quick routine. The firming and smoothing properties are something that i can vouch for, with continuous use my skin gets more and more firm and even.
5. Refresh // Clarins Leg Energizing Emulsion.
Another Clarins summer staple (their body products are the bomb!) is the Energizing Emulsion that soothes tired legs. Being on my feet 8 hours a day and usually in heels and heavy tights, i need something at the end of the day to refresh and stimulate my legs. Me and this lotion go way back, it has saved my legs from collapsing for the last 6 summers (not just one bottle obviously). The emulsion rapidly hydrates and refreshes the legs, super minty will cool down and help with swelling too. I tend to bring a bottle on hot beach holidays, it literally just freezes my skin! It should be part of any Retail HR Induction, im convinced this is the reason i haven’t developed any varicose veins (yet!).
Here they are all my best kept secrets, what products do you vouch for when getting that summer body ready? x